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D-I-Y Cacti and Succulent Terrarium

D-I-Y Cacti and Succulent Terrarium

Author: Adrianna C.

Learn to create your own mini-succulent terrarium, just like our arrangement,Pretty Aloe.

Here’s what you’ll need:
Glass Container
Decorative Stones (For drainage)
Cactus/Succulent Potting Mix (Try Fafard Cactus & Succulent Potting Mix, $8 for a 4 quart bag at
Succulents (Just make sure they will fit nicely inside your container without getting squashed!)

You can use a number of containers for this project—don’t be afraid to get creative! The most common, however, are mason jars and glass ‘fishbowl’ vases. If you’re reusing a container, be sure to rinse it out with some water and vinegar so you don’t damage the plants with any leftover chemicals. For your first layer, add the decorative rocks. Not only does this provide an aesthetic appeal to your terrarium, but it provides a better drainage situation—very important with these plants as you do not have to water them often. After the rocks, a decent amount of potting mix is needed. Then, you should dig a hole that is large enough for the root of the plant and softly press each plant where you would like it to sit. Once you are done with this, you should lightly water your terrarium to “set” the plants. This is a very easy and fairly quick DIY project with a lot of pay-off! 


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